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Gardner-Webb pipeline snares Warriors' Keyser

February 08, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The Gardner-Webb University women's soccer team might be mistaken this fall for The Herald-Mail All-Area team.

"We'll have five players from this part of Maryland down there," Boonsboro senior Sarah Keyser said.

Keyser, a two-time All-Area first-team midfielder, will be one of them after signing a letter of intent Tuesday to attend the Boiling Springs, N.C., school on an athletic scholarship.

Keyser will join former All-Area selections Angie Harvey, a 2005 Middletown graduate, Lindsey Gladhill, a 2003 Catoctin grad, and Kasey Gladhill, Lindsey's sister who will graduate from Catoctin this spring. Keyser said her older sister, Joelle, a 2004 Boonsboro grad, plans to transfer to Gardner-Webb from Bridgewater (Va.) College and walk on to the soccer team.

"From my club team in Frederick, I heard about Gardner-Webb from one of my teammates, Angie Harvey, who signed there the year before," Keyser said. "Their coach came and watched me play and they recruited me."

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Keyser said she chose Gardner-Webb over Tennessee Tech and Marquette. Gardner-Webb, an NCAA Division I school, went 7-8-2 last season.

"I'm really excited, really looking forward to going down there," Keyser said.

Keyser had 16 goals and seven assists and earned a Maryland All-State honorable mention this past fall. She had 12 goals and six assists as a junior and eight goals and one assist as a sophomore.

Keyser also can play defense - or anywhere else.

"She was able to score from all places on the field and, when we needed her, she came back and was the center of our defense as a stopper," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "She was all over the place, able to play any position with skill and speed.

"She'd be a great fit at any college program."

Keyser said she expects to be a center midfielder for Gardner-Webb.

"They recruited me as a center mid, which is going to be pretty cool because Angie and I played for four or five years together on the club team, and she plays center mid as well, so we'll play together," Keyser said.

Lingg said Keyser will be missed at Boonsboro.

"Sarah was the leader of our team. She played almost every minute of every game," he said. "She set the bar high for the juniors and sophomores who played with her this year. Her style of play will be something we'll strive to emulate."

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